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Lehighton man pleads to drug counts

Published February 07. 2012 05:02PM

A Lehighton man recently pleaded guilty to two drug charges and was immediately sentenced to a jail term in Carbon County court.

James Kutchera Jr., 25, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

He was arrested on Dec. 1, 2011, following a vehicle stop in Beaver Meadows. The initial stop was for speeding.

Kutchera was a passenger in the vehicle and found by the police was 15 packets of suspected heroin and other paraphernalia. Kutchera admitted the items belonged to him, police said.

Matika sentenced him to serve two to 12 months on each count, running concurrently. He was ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, render 50 hours of community service while on parole, pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole.

He was given credit for 64 days spent in jail on the charges.

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